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Mar 23
The Girl in the Tower by Lisa Schroeder (review)

The Girl in the Tower by Lisa Schroeder (review)

I started reading this book and couldn’t put it down until the end. It was sweet as well as funny and Violet was endearing. I loved how she looked at the world. She was a prisoner, but she never let that fact break her spirit. I liked her mother Nuri,  and the servants George and Maggie. Queen Bogdana was evil without being scary to read about for young children. The illustrations were fun to see. The characters all looked younger than you expected, but the almost whimsical feel fit very well with the story. It has the fairytale feel to… Read more »

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Mar 09
The Inn Between by Marina Cohen (review)

The Inn Between by Marina Cohen (review)

I loved this book! I was pretty sure what the twist was early on, but that didn’t detract at all from the story. I liked the flashbacks we got to see about what happened the day Emma disappeared. I also really liked how Quinn and Kara’s friendship was shown. By the end of the book you felt like you had seen them growing up together. The illustrations in the book were perfect. I liked getting to see some of the things the characters saw, and they were well-drawn. They fit the vibe of the book well. The Inn itself was… Read more »

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Oct 13
The Boy Who Knew Everything by Victoria Forester (review)

The Boy Who Knew Everything by Victoria Forester (review)

I requested this because it sounded interesting, and like a fun read. I had no idea it was the 2nd in a series. Luckily, there’s enough reference to the first book in this one, that I could easily follow along without having known anything about the first book. I liked Conrad and Piper. They had very different personalities from each other, and yet fit together as best friends well. Piper was the optimist, with a happy personality. Conrad was more worldly, yet bowed to Piper’s whims when she explained why such-and-such a thing should be done, or needed to happen…. Read more »

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Jun 25
Becoming Jinn (Becoming Jinn #1) by Lori Goldstein (review)

Becoming Jinn (Becoming Jinn #1) by Lori Goldstein (review)

I won this ARC over at On Starships And Dragon Wings. Some things may have changed in the final version.   Azra spends most of the book rebelling against being a Jinn. For her entire life, she’s hated the fact that on her 16th birthday she will get her magical powers and have to grant wishes. We learn a bit about how Jinn society has changed since one particular family gained power. How it used to be good, the Jinn were able to choose their own targets for granting wishes, and were able to live in family groups. But now… Read more »

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Jun 03
The Perilous Princess Plot (Buckle and Squash #1) by Sarah Courtauld (review)

The Perilous Princess Plot (Buckle and Squash #1) by Sarah Courtauld (review)

I won an ARC in a giveaway over at On Starships And Dragonwings. Some things may have changed in the final version.   This book read like something my niece would have made up when she was five. It was adorable and silly, a little crazy, and the most unlikely things happened in it! And the illustrations were perfectly in keeping with that theme. It’s supposed to be a middle grade book, but adults will find it just as fun to read as kids. I loved reading about Eliza and Lavender, and Gertrude the goat. There were dragons and wizards,… Read more »

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May 17
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer (review)

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer (review)

This book reminded me so much of Sailor Moon. With cyborgs. And androids. And Cinderella. I totally knew what had happened to “Princess Selene” before it was revealed at the end of the book. But that was okay, because so much of the plot was this huge neat twist, I needed to know what was going to happen next. I liked Peony, and while I understand why it had to happen, I still hate that it happened. Iko was fun and I’m hoping we get to see more of her in the next book. I’m super curious about the unnamed… Read more »

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May 06
Mortal Danger (Immortal Game #1) by Ann Aguirre (review)

Mortal Danger (Immortal Game #1) by Ann Aguirre (review)

I was given this ARC by a friend as a gift. Some things may have changed in the final version.   “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”   I was expecting something slightly different than what I got. I was thinking Edie was going to get some kind of magical powers that she was using to take her revenge. But that wasn’t quite what happened. She made a deal with a boy she’d never met before, after he stopped her from trying to kill herself. In exchange… Read more »

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Dec 18
The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere (review)

The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere (review)

“There’s a difference between needs and wants, and we have everything we need.” The point of view shifts between 2 different families, and a teacher who teaches the son of one of the families. Mostly, the point of view shifts are done in a way that made sense. There were a few times where I wasn’t sure who I was reading about for a paragraph or two, and then it cleared up. I really enjoyed reading about Maggie and her family. I hoped for a Christmas miracle for her and her family, but the miracle ended up happening for Robert… Read more »

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